The 1000 Smiles initiative for poor Kashmiris by KIRF

London: The 1000 Smiles for Kashmir has initiated a new program to provide medical help to people in far-flung areas of Azad Jammu Kashmir and besides treatment senior doctors and surgeons will hold surgeries of complicated patients, said Dr Adeel Iqbal, Project Coordinator of the 1000 Smiles for Kashmir.

“Surgeons and senior doctors are ready to provide free medical aid to patients in different areas of AJK and for the purpose a team comprising two dozen surgeons and senior doctors will visit AJK in March next year and they provide medical assistance to people living in far-flung and remote areas”, Dr Adeel said while addressing a seminar organized by a Kashmir International Relief Fund (KIRF) held in House of Lords.

The Seminar was arranged by Lord Eric Avebury who is the Chief Patron of this organization and has keen interest in Kashmir and Pakistan, Lord Qurban Hussain, Lord Ashfaq Ahmed, Dr. Z U Khan, Professor Allen Finwik, Professor Elive Riboli from Global Health London, Professor Majeed of Primary Care, Dr B K Sinha, Dr Mark Smith, head Interplast and consultant Anesthetist, Dr Charles Wiva of Interplast, Dr Elison of London Hospital and Dr Khateeb.

Dr Addel Iqbal who born in Britain but his parents belong to Mangla, told the participants that teams of doctors will stay in AJK for two weeks and will hold surgery of more than 160 patients having complicated issues, besides treating other patients, while huge quantity of medicines, the doctors carry with them from Britain, will be distributed among patients. Registration of doctors is continue for March 2014 visit of AJK and Nurses, doctors, surgeons, Anesthetist and volunteers are begin registered, he said.

Muhammad Ashfaq head of the Charity told audience “This will be the unique and biggest ever delegation moving from Britain to AJK having a noble cause to serve humanity” as AJK is a poverty ridden area, where many people could not afford to move from home to hospital for the surgery.

“Keeping in mid such cases of poverty we are arranging such a delegation of surgeons which will conduct surgery of such patients at their doorstep”, adding the treatment will be free of cost.

He said he will very soon visit AJK and Pakistan to get registration of patietns for treatment by British doctors in March 2014.

Lord Avebury, Lord Qurban and Dr. Z U Khan appreciated the cause of KIRF and assured the admin to provide every help to raise 1000 smiles in AJK.